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First Lady Michelle Obama at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s General Conference

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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church's General Conference June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo) What a pleasure it was to trave...
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Trinity AME Church | Clarendon Citizen Online

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Trinity AME Church. Article | November 13, 2012. Trinity AME Church, 51 W. Rigby St., Manning invites everyone to Family and Friends Service, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The guest speaker will be Solicitor Ernest A.

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AME Church Elects Bishops, General Officers and Judicial Council

AME Church Elects Bishops, General Officers and Judicial Council | African Methodist Episcopal Church | Scoop.it
AME Church Elects Bishops, General Officers and Judicial Council. Fresh from the General Conference in Nashville, Tennessee the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has elected new Bishops, General Officers and Judicial Council.

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Clergy Call For Justice In Trayvon Martin Case

Clergy Call For Justice In Trayvon Martin Case | African Methodist Episcopal Church | Scoop.it

 

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As tension builds over the Sanford shooting death of a 17-year-old boy, the investigation continues.

On Wednesday, African-American clergy from across Central Florida came together to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. The crowd of hundreds met at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford.

Spearheading the movement is Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Md.

The group said it is planning to hold a huge rally before the City Council meets on March 26. The rally is planned for 4 p.m., an hour before the City Council is expected to meet.

Thousands of people are expected at the rally, and the group said it will bus people to it if needed.

During the meeting on Wednesday the group gave out the state attorney's phone number, and participants were urged to call the office and seek justice for Martin.

The mayor of Sanford, Jeff Triplett, spoke at the meeting and pledged to look into the situation himself. He told the group that he will call the state attorney and the Department of Justice and ask them to look into the case.

Triplett said he will even pay for his own investigation if needed.

"I can promise you, I'm going to have a full review myself, if I have to pay for it myself," said Triplett.

Triplett began to get choked up when talking about his own young sons. He said he put himself into the situation and said it could have happened to anyone.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson said they will visit Sanford to demand answers from investigators.

"The fact that a young unarmed man could be killed by a neighborhood watch captain while his family was blatantly misled by local police as to the background of the shooter is disturbing," Sharpton said in a statement.

Turner Clayton, branch manager of the Seminole County NAACP said he sent a letter to the United States Justice Department asking them to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, the State Attorney's Office is now handling the case. The Sanford Police Department moved the case up to the state attorney on Tuesday.

The family has turned to using a petition to urge officials to prosecute the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, George Zimmerman. So far more than 20,000 people across the country have signed the petition at change.org.

Attorney Natalie Jackson, who is representing Martin's family, said Zimmerman, 25, should be arrested and charged with the 17-year-old's death.

"In this case, Mr. Zimmerman has made the argument of self-defense," Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said. "We don't have the grounds to arrest him."

The family says they want justice.

"My son left Sanford, Fla., in a body bag," said Martin's father, Tracy Martin. "While George Zimmerman went home to to go to sleep in his own bed. It's senseless and the police in Sanford, Fla., isn't giving any answers and we actually feel that justice hasn't been served and isn't being served."

Jackson said Martin was unarmed while walking back to his father's home from a convenience store. He was carrying a bag with Skittles and iced tea inside. When Zimmerman spotted him, he called 911 to report a "suspicious-looking" person.

Martin was shot and killed in the ensuing the confrontation.

"I don't know if the whole thing was a racial issue. It may have been a 'Zimmerman wants to be a hero' issue. It becomes racial because Zimmerman thought that black males with hoodies are criminals," Jackson said.

Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 for resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. The case was dismissed because no evidence could be found. Zimmerman attended a pretrial diversion program and a deal was made with his attorney to get the case dropped.

A neighbor of Zimmerman's said he is not a killer.

"George is an absolutely wonderful guy," said the neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "He's caring, loving and just an all-around great friend. Since he's been here, never had any issues."

It's unclear whether the State Attorney's Office will pursue charges in Martin's death.

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Celebrating 120 years Wallace Temple AME Zion Church marks its anniversary - The Hudson Reporter

Celebrating 120 years Wallace Temple AME Zion Church marks its anniversary The Hudson Reporter One of the first things parishioners at Wallace Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church do when they come together for service is to pray for the...
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TCR NEWS BREAK: AME CHURCH PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release – Approved by the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference The African.

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PHS Welcomes Mother Bethel AME Church Records | Presbyterian Historical Society News

PHS Welcomes Mother Bethel AME Church Records | Presbyterian Historical Society News | African Methodist Episcopal Church | Scoop.it

PHS is located in a neighborhood rich with history.   Just a short block away is the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, founded in 1794 by Richard Allen, an African-American Methodist minister. The church has been located at the corner of Sixth and Lombard Streets since that time, making it the oldest church property continuously owned by African Americans.  The current church building, constructed in 1888-1890, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.


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